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  1. Tom Kim

    Hi Clive-

    Don Bluth is an animator of some reknown (donbluthanimation.com), and Donald Knuth is the author of The Art of Computer Programming, though I can see how the two might be confused since Don Bluth created all of the hand-drawn animations for Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. The tome, TAOCP has grown from four volumes plus two added fascicles appended onto the end of the fourth volume. I cannot make the claim to have read all four volumes, though I did read through sections of each in order to glean bits of understanding or algorithms out of the various programs described in each book. Another book I would recommend reading is CODE by Charles Petzold. You can purchase it on Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/Code-Language-Computer-Hardware-Software/dp/0735611319. Regardless of where you acquire the book, it would be best to read Mr. Petzold’s corrections to his book here: http://www.charlespetzold.com/code/.

    1. Clive Post author

      Tom, thank you for the correction!! I voice-dictated that entry on my phone, and didn’t check for typos; I == idiot. Fixing now.

      I did not know a) about Don Bluth’s animation work, particularly b) Dragon’s Lair, which was c) foundationally epic in my video-game youth, so this is all NEWS I CAN USE.

      I read Petzold’s “Code” when it first came out back in 2000, and absolutely loved it. He does the best job I’ve ever seen of building up a picture of computer logic from its absolute atoms. It brought me back in time to a book I’d read way back in 1979, when I was in grade 6; some extremely forward-thinking librarian at my public school in Toronto ordered a copy of a book that walked through all the basic logic switches and how to build them using electromagnetic relays. I bought a big bag of relays at an electronics-supply store and set about building them; my tiny mind was particularly blown when it showed how to build a memory gate.

      1. Tom Kim


        Typical of most programmers, Mr. Petzold couldn’t be troubled to make changes to his website to bring it up to current standards. It is, perhaps, one of the ugliest but most functional websites I have witnessed. ☺️ I am cursed with having both backgrounds as a creative director/art director/brand director and programmer whose roots go back to undergraduate training in typography and neurobiology/physiology.

        I own a rare first printing hardcover volume bought from a Barnes & Noble in 1999 when I was acquiring books on programming of all sorts while I was at DigiPen. The description of how a simple book could walk one through the history of communication from Petzold’s point of view brought me back, also, although perhaps from a slightly different perspective. I had an epiphany into how Petzold perceives the world around him of electronic communications and programming. I feel that this is the true gift of a great read: the ability to transport you into another person’s mind and all of the riches contained therein.


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